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FHP names 18-year-old as third to die in toll plaza crash

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:20:00 PDT

Officials on Wednesday night identified the third teen who died in a horrific crash at a toll both on Florida’s Turnpike.

Yostein Martinez, 18, of Hialeah Gardens, died at Broward Health North, where a fourth victim, Cesar Pina, 19, of Opa Locka, remains in critical condition, Sgt. Mark Wysocky,...


Broward sheriff's deputies rescue women from burning kitchen

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:50:00 PDT

Two Broward sheriff’s deputies plunged through a wall of smoke into a burning kitchen Tuesday night to rescue a mother struggling to maneuver her adult daughter’s wheelchair out of their Lauderdale Lakes home, authorities said.

The deputies were the first to arrive at the scene of the kitchen fire.


Oil-drilling plan revived for Broward Everglades

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:00:00 PDT

A state judge has revived an oil-drilling proposal for the Everglades of western Broward County, recommending that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issue a drilling permit to the company that owns the land.

Kanter Real Estate LLC, which represents the family of pioneering South...


Hiatus Road 'missing link' finally opens in Sunrise

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:20:00 PDT

Hiatus Road in Sunrise is finally open to traffic after about 20 years of planning.

The mile-long “missing link” opened Wednesday morning, allowing drivers to take Hiatus Road from McNab Road in Tamarac to Orange Drive in Davie.

The $14 million project, which is expected to relieve congestion on...


Prostitution sting nets arrest of 8 men and 5 women

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:10:00 PDT

In a crackdown on street prostitution near downtown Fort Lauderdale, police arrested more than a dozen people offering sexual favors from as little as $5 up to $50.

The prostitution sting took place Oct. 11 and netted the arrests of eight men and five women on misdemeanor solicitation charges,...


Dead woman billed on 100th birthday by nursing home

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:05:00 PDT

Even though Albertina Vega is dead and the sweltering nursing home where she died is shut down, the facility still billed her on what would have been her 100th birthday.

Vega, 99, was one of 14 deceased residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills where the central air conditioning...


'Shaky Bandit' bank robber: This is how police say they made an arrest

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:30:00 PDT

By Monday, FBI special agents believed they knew the identity of the “Shaky Bandit.” Thanks to a fingerprint left on a violently worded note passed to a bank teller, agents suspected that Brandon Michael Venditti, 22, of Weston, was responsible for the three-week-long spree of 12 bank robberies...


Custodian accused of molesting boy at Coral Springs school

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:00:00 PDT

A school custodian took a teen boy to the gym at Coral Springs Middle where he sexually assaulted him after an algebra lesson, police said.

The alleged molestation occurred Saturday evening at the school where Robert Quincey Grant, 27, brought the 15-year-old boy, who he had met while coaching...


Florida moves to permanently shut down nursing home after 14 died without air conditioning

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:30:00 PDT

Florida regulators have moved to permanently revoke the operating license of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after 14 people died when it lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration also wants the owners to pay a fine of about $43,000...


Hollywood eyes new street names: Freedom, Hope, Liberty would replace Forrest, Hood and Lee

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Lee, Hood and Forrest streets – three Hollywood streets named for Confederate war leaders – may soon be christened Liberty, Hope and Freedom.

After years of debate, Hollywood plans to say farewell to the controversial street names honoring Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood and Nathan Bedford Forrest,...


3 days, 3 men, 3 armed robberies, $5,000 reward offered by feds

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:00:00 PDT

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrests of three men after three armed robberies in the span of three days in Hollywood.

The holdups happened between Sept. 19 and 21 at a Shell gas station, a Subway store and the Bonjour Food Market,...


Hollywood nursing home seeks records from criminal investigators

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:40:00 PDT

Lawyers for the Hollywood nursing home that overheated after Hurricane Irma, leading to 14 deaths, asked a Broward judge on Tuesday to make prosecutors turn over documents that were seized as part of a criminal investigation.

Michael Gottlieb told Broward Circuit Judge Andrew Siegel that administrators...


High school's female quarterback, ex-Dolphin John Offerdahl honored by commissioners

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:45:00 PDT

Hollywood Hills High School quarterback Holly Neher and former Miami Dolphin John Offerdahl turned the Broward County commission chambers into a scrimmage football field on Tuesday, working with commissioners on some game-day maneuvers.

Offerdahl started it off by instructing commissioners on the...


Fort Lauderdale postpones pot dispensaries

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:35:00 PDT

Fort Lauderdale is joining the cities where marijuana dispensaries are forbidden — at least for the rest of the year.

The City Commission on Tuesday night tentatively approved a 180-day moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. Officials said they want more time to clear the legal haze surrounding...


Top Broward watchdog seeks details on Tamarac commission's travel and spending

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:15:00 PDT

Broward County’s top government watchdog is taking a look at Tamarac commissioners’ travel and spending, city records show.

The query comes after a Sun Sentinel news article in July detailed how Tamarac elected officials’ growing travel itinerary was unrivaled by other cities in South Florida.


Boy, 9, dragged under SUV is still too scared to ride bike again

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:05:00 PDT

If there is a silver lining to the horrific accident involving a 9-year-old boy, it’s this: He doesn’t remember much about it.

Ming Lin slipped off his bike and became pinned under an SUV, for more than the length of a football field.

With his parents beside him Wednesday in the Davie Police Department,...


Pier 66 hotel to reopen Monday after Hurricane Irma damage; will go solo without Hyatt

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:00:00 PDT

A new chapter is unfolding at Fort Lauderdale’s iconic Pier 66 hotel along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Next Monday, the landmark at 2301 SE 17th St., will reopen after Hurricane Irma damaged its 17-story tower building and forced the resort to close for more than a month.

The hotel, formerly operated...


Reward for tips leading to arrest of pit bull's killer hits $41,500

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:30:00 PDT

The cash reward for tips leading to an arrest in the case of a pit bull stabbed more than 50 times and stuffed in a suitcase is now $41,500.

An animal activist from Davie is putting up $10,000. A Homestead veterinarian is donating $5,000. PETA is putting up $10,000 and CrimeStoppers is offering...


Stolen car flies over Turnpike toll booth in crash that kills three

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:30:00 PDT

A stolen car careened over a 10-foot-tall tollbooth on Florida’s Turnpike on Tuesday, scattering the bodies of three men who died and a fourth who was critically hurt.

One man’s body landed on the roof of the toll plaza’s single-story administrative building and fell to a sidewalk. Another flew...


Boca man fatally stabbed during fight in Fort Lauderdale parking garage, cops say

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:35:00 PDT

A man was stabbed to death over the weekend in a downtown Fort Lauderdale parking garage, police said.

Peter Bombardiere, 24, of Boca Raton, got into a physical altercation early Saturday with someone in the Governmental Center garage, 151 SW Second St., two blocks west of South Andrews Avenue...


Fort Lauderdale airport tries new way to move planes faster

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:20:00 PDT

You may not be spending as much time waiting at the gate for your plane at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The airport is the first in the nation to try out pioneering technology that is expected to more efficiently and safely direct aircraft to and from airport gates.

The new technology,...


Fentanyl fuels rise in drug deaths in South Florida

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:05:00 PDT

Fentanyl and a growing list of other opioid-based drugs are fueling the majority of overdose deaths in Palm Beach and Broward counties, according to the latest data.

County medical examiners have compiled statistics for Florida’s upcoming report on 2016 drug overdoses, showing the cause of death...


Live coverage of Broward County Commission meeting

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:39:00 PDT

The Sun Sentinel is at today's Broward County Commission meeting. You can get my live Twitter feeds by following me at @lbarszewski. Today's meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Broward County Governmental Center. You can also read the Twitter coverage below, even if you aren't on Twitter. Today's...(image)

Men, 91 and 79 identified as those killed in Pompano Beach Tri-Rail crash

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:25:00 PDT

Two elderly men were killed Sunday morning when a Tri-Rail train traveling north through Pompano Beach struck a car on the tracks at the West Atlantic Boulevard crossing, officials said.

The driver of a Hyundai, William Richards, 91, and his passenger, Richard Leftingwell, 79, both of Pompano Beach,...


Hurricane Irma food stamp sign-up brings traffic jams, capacity crowds to Palm Beach County sites

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:05:00 PDT

In a repeat of what happened elsewhere in South Florida, thousands of people were lining up at three Palm Beach County locations before dawn Tuesday for the start of a post-Hurricane Irma disaster food stamp program. One location in Delray Beach reached capacity and was closed to additional arrivals...